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Suffering from an Oscars hangover? Fear not, there are many quality movies coming out this March to cure what ails you.
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24 Feb 2015 - 3:35 PM  UPDATED 25 Mar 2015 - 2:06 PM

Out March 5

Seventh Son

(USA/UK/Canada/China, action/adventure/fantasy)

Director: Sergey Bodrov
Starring: Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges
What's it about?
Young Thomas is sent to the local Spook, Master Gregory, as his apprentice to learn to fight evil spirits. But while Master Gregory is away, the powerful witch Mother Malkin he had emprisoned, escapes her confinement and is prepared to unleash her evil onto the world. Only Thomas, the seventh son of a seventh son, can fight her.

 

Unfinished Business

(USA, comedy)

Director: Ken Scott
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson
What's it about?
A hard-working small business owner and his two associates, one too young, the other too old, travel to Germany to close the most important deal of their lives. But the business trip soon goes off the rails, and they have to battle their way through many obstacles, including unexpected stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.

 

Focus

(USA, comedy/crime/drama)

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro
What's it about?
A con artist takes a young, attractive woman under his wing, but when they become romantically involved, things get too complicated and they split up. Three years later, she shows up in his life again and convinces him to let her in on a big job that could see them retire for the rest of their lives.

 

Out March 12

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (Them)

(USA, drama)

Director: Ned Benson
Starring: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis
What's it about?
The story of a New York couple and their disintegrating relationship after the death of their child. Initially told in two parts (Him and Her), showing the point of view of each character, this film combines both perspectives.

Read interview with Jessica Chastain and Ned Benson

 

The Homesman

(France/USA, drama/western)

Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer
What's it about?
An untrustworthy man and a pioneering spinster school teacher team up to transport three women across the Western plains, from Nebraska to Iowa.

Read review

 

McFarland, USA

(USA, drama)

Director: Niki Caro
Starring: Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor
What's it about?
In 1987, a cross country coach in a small California town transforms a team of Mexican-American athletes from a disadvantaged community into championship contenders.

 

Chappie

(Mexico/USA, action/sci-fi/thriller)

Director: Neill Blomkamp
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel
What's it about?
Chappie is a special, gifted child, who is still learning about himself and his place in the world. Even though he's a robot, he was designed by inventor Deon to be able to think and feel for himself, which is not to the taste of former soldier Vincent, who sees in Chappie a major threat to the human race and is intent on destroying it.

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Read review

 

Inherent Vice

(USA, crime/drama/mystery)

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin
What's it about?
A stoned private detective, Doc Sportello, sees an ex-girlfriend show up at his door one day with a convoluted story of a kidnapping. Before long, Doc finds himself embroiled in a case that will see him cross paths with a plethora of Southern California's colourful characters. 

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Read review

 

Manny Lewis

(Australia, comedy)

Director: Anthony Mir
Starring: Carl Barron, Leeanna Walsman, Roy Billing
What's it about?
Stand-up comedian Manny Lewis enjoys a successful career but grapples with loneliness. Disenchanted with his life, he focuses on his career and making others happy. When he meets the beautiful Maria, Manny starts to think he may have a chance of falling in love. However, he first he must confront his past, heal his relationship with his father, and learn to love himself.

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Read review
Read article: 7 Australian Movies Coming Your Way

 

Top Five

(USA, comedy/romance)

Director: Chris Rock
Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union
What's it about?
A NYC comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancée talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show. An unexpected encounter with a journalist will give him an new outlook on his life and career.

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Out March 19

Home

(USA, animation/adventure/fantasy)

Director: Tim Johnson
Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin
What's it about?
When Earth is taken over by the Boov aliens, all humans are promptly relocated. But when a little girl, Tip, manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh. The two fugitives embark on the road trip of a lifetime, getting closer to what 'home' really means.

Watch trailer
Feature: A Parents’ Guide to School Holiday Movies

 

Insurgent

(USA, action/adventure/sci-fi)

Director: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James
What's it about?
Set in a dystopian future in Chicago, the sequel to Divergent follows fugitives Tris and Four as they are hunted down by the Erudite elite and their power-hungry leader Jeanine. As she tries to find out why her family sacrificed their lives to protect them, Tris must confront her inner demons and, with the help of Tris, continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart.

 

Love Is Strange

(USA/France/Brazil/Greece, drama)

Director: Ira Sachs
Starring: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei
What's is about?
After 39 years together, a recently married gay couple is forced to sell their New York apartment and live apart. With growing money concerns, Ben and George must now rely on the generosity of their friends and family.

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Read review
Read interview with John Lithgow

 

'71

(UK, action/drama/thriller)

Director: Yann Demange
Starring: Jack O'Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris
What's it about?
Set over one single night in 1971, this movie follows a young British soldier, who is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast. Unable to tell friend from foe, he must make it through the night on his own and find his way to safety through a disorientating and alien landscape.

Read review

 

Run All Night

(USA, action/crime/drama)

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Starring: Liam Neeson, Genesis Rodriguez, Joel Kinnaman
What's it about?
An ageing hitman is forced to take on his brutal former boss to protect his estranged son and his family at all costs, facing corrupt cops, contract killers and the mob to survive the night.

 

Big Eyes

(USA, biography/drama)

Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Terence Stamp
What's it about?
The true story of successful painter Walter Keane, who stormed the art scene in the 1950s with his depiction of enigmatic waifs with huge eyes, and the scandalous revelation that these paintings had been all along the work of his wife Margaret, who subsequently had to fight him in a bitter legal battle to reclaim her work.

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Out March 26

Infinitely Polar Bear

(USA, comedy/drama) 

Director: Maya Forbes
Starring: Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Keir Dullea
What's it about?
Inspired by director Maya Forbes' own life, Infinitely Polar Bear follows Cameron, a man who suffers from bipolar disorder. After a massive breakdown which forced him to move out of his home, Cameron tries to win back his wife Maggie by taking care of their two daughters while she's away studying in New York. But the two young, spirited girls don't make his job easy.

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Leviathan

(Russia, drama)

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev 
Starring: Aleksey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov
What's it about?
Kolia lives in a small town near the Barents Sea, in North Russia. He has his own auto-repair shop, standing right next to the house where he lives with his young wife Lilya and his son from a previous marriage Roma. Vadim Shelevyat, the Mayor of the town, wants to take away his business, his house and his land, but when Kolia resists, Vadim starts being more aggressive.

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Read review

 

Dior and I

(France, documentary)

Director: Frédéric Tcheng
Starring: Raf Simons, Marion Cotillard, Anna Wintour
What's it about?
A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture collection as the new artistic director of the Christian Dior fashion house. Melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand's past, the film is also a hommage to the seamstresses who make Simons' vision a reality.

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A Little Chaos

(UK, comedy/drama/romance)

Director: Alan Rickman
Starring: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci
What's it about?
A female landscape-gardener is awarded the prestigious task to construct the grand gardens at Versailles, a privileged position which thrusts her to the very centre of the court of King Louis XIV.

 

Cinderella

(USA, adventure/drama/family)

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden
What's it about?
A live-action retelling of Charles Perrault's classic fairy tale about a young orphan working as a servant for her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, who, thanks to a touch of magic by her fairy godmother, manages to attend the royal ball and falls in love with a charming prince.

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Feature: A Parents’ Guide to School Holiday Movies

 

Get Hard

(USA, comedy)

Director: Etan Cohen
Starring: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie
What's it about?
When millionaire investment banker James King is wrongfully convicted for fraud and bound for San Quentin to serve a ten-year sentence, he turns to Darnell Lewis, the man who washes his car, thinking he had himself already done time, to prep him to go behind bars.

 

Shaun the Sheep

(UK/France, action/animation/adventure)

Director: Mark Burton, Richard Starzack
What's it about?
When Shaun's mischief inadvertently leads to the Farmer being taken away from the farm, Shaun, Bitzer and the flock embark on an epic adventure, travelling the big city to rescue him.

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